“You don’t know Dubstep!”

It was the first night of Founders where it all began: Twenty-plus guys crammed into one room awkwardly sipping their beers, scrabbling for any common ground with the guy next to him. After the classic “where you from?”, “what you studying?” and blurting out various anecdotes from your holiday away with the lads; the subject inevitably turns to music and in particular what was blasting … Continue reading “You don’t know Dubstep!”

The Founder’s Best Albums of 2012

It’s nearing the end of the year, so it only seems right to compose a list of favourite albums from 2012. The BBC went for Kendrink Lamar’s ‘good king, m.A.A.d. city’; NME and FILTER chose Tame Impala ‘Lonerism’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’can be fairly consistently found in the top 5 of music magazine polls. Instead of fighting it out, we at The Founder have … Continue reading The Founder’s Best Albums of 2012

Up & Coming: Benedict

This young singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire is making a name for himself on YouTube (BenedictMusic) with stunning covers of current tracks, such as ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande. But it is his original tracks that are most exciting. And last week, a crowd gathered in the small but intimate Notting Hill Arts Club beneath the streets of London, to celebrate the launch of … Continue reading Up & Coming: Benedict

Album review: ‘¡Dos!’ – Green Day

Whether it’s due to anger, resentment of just general shenanigans, the trio are delivering a record that devours its way into a chaotic world of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Mischievous female characters are regularly involved in the record: ‘Ashley’ is a comeback to an ex-girlfriend, packed with snarky, cold remarks; a female vocalist predominantly leads the dark but equally compelling ‘Nightlife’ with its … Continue reading Album review: ‘¡Dos!’ – Green Day

Album review: ‘Grrr!’ – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones – Nostalgia at what cost? Upon writing this review, ‘Grrr!’ – the album which marks the 50th Anniversary of the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll’s formation – sits at number three in the official midweek chart. Competing with new releases from heavyweights past and present, (Rod Stewart and One Direction) does this offering rekindle a mythological time when London was swinging and … Continue reading Album review: ‘Grrr!’ – The Rolling Stones

Live review: The Unthanks @ Southbank Centre

Two weeks of studying mud and any MSc man would be wishing for something a little more, well, MA. So with a little consciousness-raising in mind I braved the awful 19:23 plodder to Waterloo to check out ‘Songs from the Shipyards’, a touring production by the Northumbrian folk band The Unthanks. Combining a live performance with archive footage of the shipbuilding industry on the Tyne, … Continue reading Live review: The Unthanks @ Southbank Centre

EP review: Tour Rehearsal Tapes – The Black Keys

Since the release of El Camino this time last year, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney have been busy with: a critically acclaimed and commercially successful world tour; an accompanying EP of, well, Tour Rehearsal Tapes; a collaboration with Wu Tang Clan leader – rapper RZA –  on a new song and video, and they’re set to tour again in arenas at the end … Continue reading EP review: Tour Rehearsal Tapes – The Black Keys

Album review: The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes

With Halloween just gone Bat for Lashes release their aptly named third album, The Haunted Man. Multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan seems to already be getting in the spirit costume wise as the album cover portrays a completely starkers Ms Khan with an equally naked man draped around her neck reminiscent of the finest Russian mink in a fashion statement that even Lady Gaga might think twice about. … Continue reading Album review: The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes